The Nintendo Switch has been out for almost two weeks, and it would appear it’s already been hacked by a group of gamers. That didn’t take long did it? The hack stems from a simple browser exploit that was previously used to jailbreak Apple iOS 9.3 devices. The hack came from the notorious iOS hacker, qwertyoruiop, and was confirmed by fellow hacker LiveOverflow. With the hack confirmed by the two former, it allowed users to hack into the Nintendo Switch and start poking around under the hood thoroughly. The hack doesn’t seem to allow for any access to the Nintendo Switch Library, or the internal coding to change it’s operating system or functionality.
What it does do, however, is allow for the better examining of the console’s operating system and internal code, which may eventually lead to more hacks in the future, including some that could compromise the way the console works. Possibly. So how did this hack come about knowing that the Nintendo Switch was supposed to be ready at launch? As it turns out, Nintendo seems to have implemented an outdated Webkit with an HTTP codebase necessary for the console’s WiFi network. The codebase has been patched for iOS 9.3 and other systems, but Nintendo used an older version of it. Clearly, a fix should be inbound, but there’s no word from Nintendo yet.
Should you be worried about this hack? No. Clearly it’s just a small exploit inside of the console, however should it become something more Nintendo will rollout an update for the console to keep user data and personal information safe from harm, unlike Sony and Microsoft did way back when.
And with that said, what’s your thoughts on the hack? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below!
Robin Ek – Editor
The Gaming Ground
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